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Conoco Gives 3000 Dollar Grant for Chilocco Cemetery


    January 21, 2006 at the Chilocco Alumni meeting in the White Eagle Tribal Building there was a handing over of a $3000.00 grant by Bret Carter, who was representing Conoco-Phillips Oil Company. The grant was a gift made to the alumni. This will be used to have a fence built around the Chilocco Cemetery where approximately close to 70 children were buried.
    This date is a one year anniversary of the North Central Ponca City Chilocco Alumni Association, who are under the National Chilocco Society.  Great numbers of chapters all over the nation from the east coast to the west coast, to the Gulf of Mexico and Florida and into Alaska meet frequently.  It has been reported that there is a chapter in Tokyo as well as other parts of the world.
    Dan Jones, Ponca Chairman, spoke to the group. He told them master plans are being made for the endangered historical monument, Chilocco. Several possible options were mentioned.
           Bret Carter spoke and reported that the work is continuing for listing Chilocco as an endangered  historical site.
    Alice Sheeter read the minutes of the accumulated minutes from over the year. Those minutes included the meeting of the alumni. Other than meetings for fellowship and pleasant association nothing much has been completed at this time, although there are many plans being formulated for the future of the fast decaying school, so is told, and these prospects seem to be positive and forthcoming. Certainly the receiving of money for material to build the fence is one
bit of progress.
    Security remains a fundamental need. Theft and vandalism is a big issue now since the school is totally vacant with not even a caretaker living on the grounds.
    Garland Kent, President of the North Central Ponca City Alumni Association, announced that I, Donna Flood, had been appointed as historian. On that order of things, as historian, it is my wish to work again with putting these old photos on the web so the descendants can see a picture of a grandparent, great-aunt, uncle, cousin or family friend.
    Even though our president had to make some sacrifices for providing tables, chairs, and other things for the meeting,  it was good the meeting was held at White Eagle. This brought the alumni to the reservation where the Ponca people were, for the first time, able to see the loyalty and dedication these Chiloccoans have for their alma mater. The discipline and hard-working ways of Chilocco graduates are always outstanding and encouraging to everyone.
    The next quarterly meeting was tabled with no ideas forthcoming from the floor,  for where it would be held. It was mentioned that if the owning tribes could see to make arrangements for the alumni to use the Student Union building at Chilocco a meeting place would not be a problem.
    Boarding up and closing off of dangerous buildings with large holes in three-story-structures where at the present time living people can be hurt from falling through is an issue. Volunteers, will still have to do much of the cleaning up of the cemetery area. However, hopefully, maybe in the near future this protecting of especially curious children, by shoring up buildings will be accomplished as on a first thing “to-do”  list.


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